EEL/1 Development Coordinator – Front Lights
Mr Kratochvíl, the SUPERB is the first ŠKODA to feature full LED Matrix headlights. What is their main benefit for the driver?
The biggest advantage of Matrix light technology is that the system automatically responds to the traffic situation and, if required, turns off only some segments of the light beam. Other segments remain on and continue to illuminate the road. This makes the driver feel considerably safer. Essentially, Matrix technology enables the driver to use the headlights’ high beam function even when another vehicle is driving towards or in front of the SUPERB, without dazzling the other road user.
What is the main difference in comparison to the current bi-xenon headlights with Smart Light Assist (MDF)?
The main difference over the current MDF technology with a xenon lamp is that the light beam of the high beam function is composed of several smaller segments that can be switched on and off as needed in real time. This allows the system to switch off those parts of the light beam that could dazzle other road users. Other segments remain on and illuminate the road. The system can recognise multiple objects simultaneously. This was not possible with the previous MDF system, which cut off all light from the high beam.
What other plans does ŠKODA AUTO have with regards to full LED Matrix headlights?
Matrix technology is the current trend in car lighting. It brings a number of benefits, which is why we’re currently trialling it as part of other ŠKODA projects. Matrix technology is continually being further developed and new possibilities for its use are opening up. Our goal is to offer our customers the latest technology here too, guaranteeing maximum comfort and safety when driving at night.